The Society for the History of Natural History

The Society for the History of Natural History is a friendly international society for everyone who is interested in natural history in the broadest sense.  This includes botany, zoology and geology as well as natural history collections, exploration, art and bibliography. Everyone with an interest in these subjects – professional or amateur – is welcome to join. For a brief history of the society, click here.

SHNH is known for its friendliness and provides a focal point for the history of all aspects of natural history.  It has a thriving international membership and regional representatives organise local meetings. An international meeting is held at regular intervals, the most recent being held in the United States in November 2012. A number of meetings and events are scheduled for 2013 so do visit the Meetings and Events pages for more information. Of especial interest will be our meeting on Alfred Russel Wallace. 

The Society's main publication is Archives of natural history, produced twice a year, and distributed free to all members. It contains refereed, illustrated papers and book reviews and is published for the Society by Edinburgh University Press. All volumes published from 1936 are now available online.

From time to time, the Society also publishes other works of interest. To celebrate SHNH's 75th anniversary in 2011, we published History and mystery, an anthology of the most interesting, bizarre and entertaining notes and queries from the Society's newsletters. Other publications include: Darwin in the Archives and A Century of Discovery.

An informal Newsletter is produced three times a year and distributed free to members. It contains details of forthcoming meetings, news of other events, a lively Notes & Queries section, members’ news and new publications. 

On this site you will find information about the Society, its activities, publications and how to join us. You will also find news and up-to-date information as well as links to useful resources and further information.

Latest News

Wednesday 08. of May 2013 SHNH Meeting Exeter: last call for registrations and updated programme information

Saturday 18th May 2013

Collectors and Collections in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter 

Museum opens at 10.00:   Registrations, tea/coffee on arrival

10.30 -10.55 Ron Cleevely: A brief re-appraisal of...


Wednesday 03. of April 2013 John Thackray Medal 2013 - Call for nominations

Instituted in 2000 to commemorate the life and work of John Thackray, Past President of SHNH, the John Thackray Medal is awarded for a significant achievement in the preceding three years in the history of those areas of interest...


Saturday 09. of March 2013 Collectors & Collections in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Saturday 18th May 2013

SHNH Spring Meeting, Special General Meeting & AGM

The Spring Meeting, Special General Meeting and AGM of the Society for the History of Natural History will be held at the Royal Albert Memorial...


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